Jordan Yamamoto has been sent down to MiLB camp today. The Hawaiian born right-hander had an impressive spring as he was in competition for a spot in the rotation.
Although he’s only pitched in three games, he does owns a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched while also having struck out five. Even though the former second-round pick doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball, he does know how to work his secondary pitches really well.
With this move, it looks like the Mets will utilize a rotation with two lefties included. The first being David Peterson and the latter being the newly acquired Joey Lucchesi.
While it was pretty much expected that Peterson would have a job on the MLB club, Lucchesi may come as a surprise to some. However, it probably won’t come as too much as a surprise.
This spring Lucchesi appeared in three games and has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. While these numbers may not be a good as Yamamoto’s, it’s important to point out the Lucchesi has gotten batters to swing and miss more often.
The Mets may choose to skip Lucchesi’s first start of the season, being that there’s two days off within the first 10 days. This will give the Mets a fresh arm to use a couple of weeks later while not pushing the limitations of the starters in the rotation.
With everything said and done, we’ll see a healthy portion of Jordan Yamamoto this year. The right-hander has a ton of talent and knows how to put an incredible amount of movement on his pitches.